Thursday, April 28, 2016

COE Faculty Promotions & Reappointments

I am very pleased to announce the following members of the College of Education faculty who were just approved for reappointment, tenure and promotion.  

 Reappointment as Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Faculty
Roger Chamberlain
"I am passionate about school leadership and how school leaders identify their leadership skills, and develop the leadership capacity in those they lead. This is essential in creating a school culture where the school community places high value on student academic, emotional, and social growth."

Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor
Jin-ah Kim

"My students are going to be social justice change agents.  Early childhood teachers are the first educators in children's lives who help them navigate the future and advocate for them in cases of injustice.  It's imperative that they learn about social justice, multiculturalism and anti-bias curriculum, which is an approach that respects and embraces differences--something I care deeply about given my own experiences."

Alyson Lavigne

Co-author of Improving Teaching Through Observation and Feedback: Going Beyond State and Federal Mandates (2015) and Teacher and Student Evaluation: Moving Beyond the Failure of School Reform (2013), as well as other books and articles in the areas of culturally responsive teaching, student and teacher evaluation, and educational policy.

Tammy Oberg De La Garza
"My teaching is grounded in preparing teachers to work with students using culturally responsive methods with high quality and culturally relevant literature.  This is an approach that I explore in detail in Salsa Dancing In Gym Shoes: Exploring Cross-Cultural Missteps with Latinos in the Classroom (2015)."

 Promotion to Professor
Kenneth King
From two former students: "Professor King is a talented teacher. He ... makes sure his students succeed" and "His classes are always hands-on with experiments and discussion-based lessons. I learned a lot ... that I can bring into my own classroom."

We are very fortunate to have in our midst such outstanding professionals who live out Roosevelt's mission of social justice and providing enhanced educational access and opportunity to diverse student populations in the Chicago area and elsewhere in the United States.  Please join me in congratulating our colleagues for their achievements and thanking them for their many contributions to our college and university. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Associate Dean Teryl ann Rosch

I am writing to inform you that Teryl ann Rosch, Associate Dean & Associate Professor in the College of Education, will retire from Roosevelt University on April 30 after nearly 30 years of exemplary service. 

Terry joined Roosevelt after serving as Dean of Students at De Paul University for several years. She was hired by President Rolf Weil to handle special projects related to student services and enrollment management. Shortly after his appointment, President Theodore L. Gross appointed Terry as his executive assistant and, over several years, her administrative repertoire broadened to include board development, strategic planning, institutional advancement, public relations, and fund-raising. 

Starting in 1995, with support from the Ford Foundation, Terry created and directed an educational collaborative known as the Chicago Education Alliance (CEA). The CEA brought together 11 private and public universities, the city colleges of Chicago, the Chicago Public Schools, multiple corporations and civic organizations to address the needs of thousands of public school children, teachers, principals, and parents. By providing a context for joint planning and policy development, more than $200 million was raised to support systemic initiatives. Foremost among these efforts was the unprecedented $31 million grant in 1999 (the largest grant ever awarded nationally for a new federal initiative) -- Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs -- now known simply as GEAR UP. 

Terry devoted much of her professional life to improving academic and enrichment opportunities for children and families within Chicago. She served as the principal investigator for numerous federal and philanthropic grant and research projects. This work continues today through the COE's Office of Community Engagement. 

In addition to teaching in the college, Terry advised doctoral students working on their dissertations, and led the college's M.A. and Ed.D. programs in Educational Leadership.

Terry has recently accepted the Presidency of Kids At Hope, a not-for-profit organization based in Phoenix, Arizona that partners with the COE's new Instructional Leadership Program. She is thrilled to be able to continue her work on behalf of children and families nationally. 

Please join me in thanking Terry for her dedicated service and in wishing her much success in the future. She will be sorely missed! If you wish to reach out to Terry, contact her at

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Fall 2015 Dean's List

The Fall 2015 Dean's List for the College of Education has been published on the University Registrar's website, and is provided below.  Congratulations to all of our Fall 2015 honorees!

Undergraduate education students who complete all coursework in any given semester and who earn a grade point average of 3.75 or higher earn a place on the Dean’s List within their college. Students must be registered for at least 6 semester hours and have no Incomplete (I) or Withdraw (W) grades for the semester to be eligible for the Dean’s List.  All courses must be completed within the time frame of the semester.

The Spring 2016 Dean's List will be compiled in late May, and will be announced at this time.

Again, congrats to all of our hard-working and high-achieving undergraduates!

  • Allen, Diana
  • Alsabah, Mona
  • Alvarez, Briana
  • Alvarez, Dulce
  • Alvarez, Nelly
  • Amyx, Gabrielle
  • Antosz, Edward
  • Arkin, Jill
  • B
  • Bailey, Stacey
  • Bazzarone, Noelle
  • Beck, Christina
  • Beucher, Rhiannon
  • Black, Megan
  • Blair, Laura
  • Boliaux, Danyel
  • Bravieri, Beth
  • Briggs, Kelsey
  • C
  • Carrera, Anna
  • Carrillo, Lilliana
  • Caselton, Sean
  • Chicoine, Julia
  • D
  • Downey, Danielle
  • Duffin, Callie
  • E
  • Eck, Amber
  • Enache, Andrea
  • Espindola, Christine
  • Estrefi, Liridona
  • G
  • Gonzalez, Melissa
  • H
  • Harrigan, Anne
  • Hermetet, James
  • Hollars, Kyra
  • J
  • Johnson, Brittany
  • Johnson-Alford, Tonnette
  • Jones, Kara
  • Juarez, Christina
  • K
  • King, Ravyn
  • L
  • Larios, Thalia
  • Lesnicki, Jessica
  • Link, Kelsey
  • M
  • Mahmoud, Alaa
  • Manelle, Cassandra
  • Marino, Nicolette
  • Messina, Laura
  • Mosillami, Carissa
  • Mundt, Nicole
  • Murphy, Kathryn
  • Murray, Venita
  • P
  • Pressley, Kayla
  • R
  • Raschk, Courtney
  • Ron, Margarita
  • S
  • Santowski, Brianna
  • Schmuttenmaer, Kate
  • Smokoska, Laura
  • Stucker, Russel
  • Suwwan, Diala
  • V
  • Verplank, Brittany
  • Vida, Julia
  • W
  • Williford, Rebecca
  • Z
  • Zabel, Alexandria
  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    Celinska and Gouwens Earn 2016 Summer Research Grants

    I am pleased to announce that the Roosevelt University Faculty Research and Professional Improvement Committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies have awarded New Deal Teacher Academy faculty members Dorota Celinska and Judy Gouwens grants that they each will use this summer to complete projects relevant to their work in our special education and elementary education programs, respectively. 

    Prof. Celinska's project will address the urgent need to incorporate recent educational research on effective instruction into RU teacher preparation programs.  In August 2016, Prof. Celinska will attend the Annual Visible Learning Conference organized by Visible Learningplus.  Visible Learningplus is one of the most highly acclaimed, internationally-recognized sources of educational research and represents the largest ever data base for effective instruction. The conference is in Washington, D.C. in July.

    Prof. Gouwens and her collaborator, Robyn Henderson, will present a paper at the European Conference on Educational Research. The presentation is part of a symposium on the power of education to affect culture in rural communities. The paper specifically identifies factors that helped migrant mothers in an Illinois family literacy program move from their status as outsider to one of understanding the culture of the rural community where they were living, as well as the expectations of the schools, and actually supported the mothers to advocate for their children. The paper represents an analysis of data from interviews that were conducted with the mothers, the director of the program, and the parent educator of the program. The ECER meeting is in Dublin at the end of August.

    Congratulations to Dr. Celinska and Dr. Gouwens for these awards!

    Elizabeth Meadows Named First Year Faculty Fellow

    I am pleased to announce that Elizabeth Meadows, an associate professor in elementary education and a New Deal Teacher Academy faculty member, has been selected as one of five First-Year Faculty Fellows at Roosevelt University for the 2016-17 academic year.

    First-Year Faculty Fellows receive a modest stipend, and in exchange they commit to teach one First-Year Seminar class in Fall 2016 and a First-Year Seminar or an ACP 110 Primary Text class in spring term.

    In 2016-2017, Professor Meadows will teach a special section of ACP 101, "Becoming A Teacher."  This special section will enroll all full time freshmen that are declared education majors.  In Spring 2017, Professor Meadows will teach a special section of ACP 110 that focuses on key texts in educational philosophy and history.

    In addition to teaching courses, First-Year Faculty Fellows provide feedback on the existing ACP curriculum and guide the development of 100-level ACP classes so that they have the best possible structure and outcomes for our first year students.

    Congratulations to Professor Meadows for this award!

    Tuesday, April 19, 2016

    Giovani Toledo Featured on WCIU Program

    Giovani Toledo, a Roosevelt undergraduate English major and a current student teacher at Prosser Career Academy, is featured in a short interview on WCIU that aired in November, 2015.  The interview shares Giovani's reasons for becoming and teacher and how he hopes to impact teens in the city of Chicago through his future teaching. Click on the link below to view the video.

      Inspiring U: Golden Apple Scholar

    Meadows and Lavigne Win Course Development Award

    New Deal Teacher Academy faculty members Elizabeth Meadows and Alyson Lavigne are the recipients of a new $500 award to support the development of a new, discipline-focused ACP 101 First-Year Seminar course called "Becoming A Teacher."  This new ACP 101 course will be required of all first year, full-time freshmen students with a major in education, and it will be offered for the first time in Fall 2016. The goal of the course is to orient new undergraduates to Roosevelt University, the demands of study in higher education, and a career in teaching.

    The review committee was impressed by the attention that Meadows and Lavigne gave to incorporating existing assignments used in the First-Year Seminar course. “[Meadows and Lavigne] have also thought about specifically how the money allocated for this project would be used to provide a better understanding of the field of education and teaching to the students,” the committee members said in their review.

    Congratulations to Elizabeth Meadows and Alyson Lavigne for their efforts in developing this new course and winning this award.

    Thursday, April 7, 2016

    Dana Butler Selected As 2016 Golden Apple Leadership Award Finalist

    Award honors outstanding leadership in Pre-K through 12th grade schools

    Golden Apple recently announced the four finalists for the Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award. The award honors the exemplary performance of a Pre-K-12th grade principal or head of school from throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.  
    The 2016 Principal and Head of School Finalists include:
    1. Mr. Dana Butler, Irma C. Ruiz Elementary School in Chicago
    2. Mr. Daniel Krause, Willowbrook High School in Villa Park
    3. Dr. Erin Roche, William H. Prescott Elementary School in Chicago
    4. Mr. Mauricio Segovia, Darwin Elementary School in Chicago 
    Mr. Dana Butler is a 1998 graduate of Roosevelt's Educational Administration Program, which at the time provided teachers like Mr. Butler with the state certification needed to become a principal.   
    The leadership award is presented in memory of Stanley C. Golder, a founding board member of Golden Apple, whose energy, creativity and commitment to Golden Apple’s mission set the highest standard for dedication and accomplishment. Nominated by fellow educators and community members, this year’s finalists have served as principal or head of school at one or more public or non-public schools for five or more consecutive school years.
    The selection criteria for the award is based on:
    1. Personal excellence
    2. Balanced and collaborative leadership
    3. Commitment to student achievement
    4. Expertise in curriculum, instruction, and assessment
    “There is an obvious vital link between the vitality of a school and the quality its leader possesses,” said Dominic Belmonte, President and CEO of Golden Apple.  “Golden Apple is proud to forward these Golder finalists as sterling examples of excellent school leadership.”
    The 2016 award recipient will receive a cash award of $10,000 to be used for his/her own professional development and a school project of the recipient’s choosing. In addition, the winner will be recognized at the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership annual event on May 20, 2016 and during the broadcast of the televised show on WTTW/Channel 11.  

    Wednesday, April 6, 2016

    April 19 Virtual Teacher Recruitment Fair

    Please see the flyer below for information about a virtual teacher recruitment fair on April 19.  More information and the registration form are available at

    Teaching Opportunities in China

    The Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation in Washington, D.C. is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization committed to the promotion and implementation of programs that facilitate cultural exchange and educational cooperation throughout the world. We are writing to introduce our Ameson Year in China (AYC) program, a unique opportunity for current and former education students. Through Ameson Year in China (AYC), recent college graduates expand their horizons and enhance their careers by spending a year teaching, learning, and making a difference in public schools across China.
    Since 2013, we have had nearly 400 Educational Ambassadors participate in AYC, and they in turn have taught over 50,000 Chinese students, serving as citizen diplomats, and gaining valuable professional knowledge before returning to the U.S. In some instances, AYC alumni go on to continue to work in China as teachers or in other professions, and others parlay their experiences into graduate studies.  
    Top leaders of both China and the U.S. understand the need for American and Chinese youths to gain cross-cultural understanding as their nations’ economic fortunes become further intertwined. Currently, over 300,000 Chinese students are studying in the U.S., more than from any other country, compared with just about 14,000 American students studying in China. AYC program helps to send more American youths to China.
    Many U.S. Congressmen have already expressed their support and recognition of the AYC program, as shown in The VOICE, a special edition of the Ameson newsletter ( It shares the stories of past AYC program participants, their triumphs and challenges as they learn about China firsthand.
    You can find us online at Also, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Foundation and the AYC program. Inquiries should be directed to our Deputy Director, Mr. Zhi Xiao Di at

    Monday, April 4, 2016

    Free Balanced Literacy Workshop on April 9

    Roosevelt's Language and Literacy Program is pleased to present a free professional development workshop: Engaging Families: What does Family Literacy look like in a Balanced Literacy School?  

    The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 9th, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., at Roosevelt University, Wabash Building room 1111.  

    The theme will center on family literacy in balanced literacy schools. The book Living Literacy at Home: A Parent’s Guide has been ordered for workshop participants, and we hope it will arrive on time for the workshop.  Here is a sneak preview of what we plan to cover from the book:
    • Helping parents understand the “state of literacy instruction” in today’s schools
    • Making everyday a literacy rich day
    • Home to school connections
    • Access to books (home library, bedtime story, summer reading, weekends & more)
    • At home literacy routines
    For more information, contact Dr. Margaret Policastro at